An Afternoon on the Brandywine by Alita AbruzzeseMy artwork is most often representational, however my intention is not to copy what I see. My greatest inspiration is nature–especially water in any form and the way it reflects light as well as absorbs shadows. Trees are also a favorite subject of mine. I try to capture the mood in each scene whether it is the tranquility of a path in the woods, the coolness of the forest, the soft beauty of a fresh snowfall, or the rhythmic sound of the waves as I record an ocean scene. I work in many media—oils, acrylics, watercolor and pastel. Each has its own characteristics that lend themselves to the requirements of the painting. I have a BS in art education from Kutztown University, a BS in math education from West Chester, and have taken graduate classes at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Bennington College in Vermont, Penn State University, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I have worked under the tutelage of Joseph Sweeney in oils and pastels and Carol Goldman in watercolor. I taught art for 23 years in the Methacton School District in Pennsylvania.